Michigan Mom Dies from Brain Cancer days after giving Birth

ANN ARBOR, MI – A Michigan mother, who had an aggressive form of brain cancer, died just days after she gave birth to her sixth child.

Carrie DeKlyen sacrificed her own life so that her new baby daughter, Life Lynn DeKlyen, would be born healthy by not being exposed to the chemotherapy that Carrie refused to take.

Carrie died in the early morning hours of Saturday September 9th, 2017, at University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor. Her sister posted to the Facebook Group Cure 4 Carrie the following:

For 17 years I was able to be Carrie’s sister, today as I mourn the loss of her I can see so clearly the legacy of love she left. If you know the both of us you would know we are pretty different. I am always”busy”, schedules to keep and goals to accomplish.

Carrie took her time and savored every moment … shopping for hours without buying anything, describing the food she was going to make in such great detail that your mouth would water, enjoying every bite of her food (and then some of yours), making wonderful coffee drinks for all who walked through her door.

Most importantly she took her time with everyone she met, listening and loving on even perfect strangers and sharing her love for Jesus. I will miss you so much sweet sister and I promise to keep loving on Nick and the kids and share every memory I have of you. I will see you again and for that I am praising our Savior!

The Wyoming, Michigan mother learned in April she had a terminal brain tumor. Then two weeks after her cancer diagnosis, Carrie and her husband Nick learned they were pregnant with their sixth child. After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, she made a decision that only a mothers love could guide her to.

Doctors at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor said Carrie could enroll in a clinical trial, but she would have to terminate her pregnancy. She chose to forgo chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer, since it would have meant ending her pregnancy. By making that one decision, she sacrificed the potential of her life being saved to ensuring that her unborn child would get a chance at living a full life.

On Wednesday September 6th, 2017, Life Lynn DeKlyen was born prematurely. She currently weighs 1 pound, four ounces and is said to be doing well.

The next day, Thursday, doctors removed the breathing and feeding tubes from Carrie. And then this morning, Saturday September 9th, Carrie died surrounded by her loving family.

The family created a GoFundMe account in April to help Nick raise their six children. That account currently has $102,000 of a $125,000 goal. If you would like to contribute to that account, please Click Here.


Carrie Lynn DeKlyen, age 37, after fighting a heroic battle she went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Carrie loved her family and showed the love of Jesus to everyone she met.

She was an amazing wife to her husband of 17 years, Nick; loving and caring mother to her children, Elijah, Isaiah, Nevaeh, Leila Mai, Jez, and Life Lynn. She will be deeply missed by her parents, Bert and Sally Booker, and Charlie and Joetta DeKlyen; sisters and brothers, Tina (Kevin) Tomlinson, Melissa (Robbie) Sheene, Tonya (Chris) Wash, Sonya (Todd) Nelson, Rich (Amy) DeKlyen, and James (Kristie) DeKlyen; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Tuesday September 12, 2017 in the Rez Center of Resurrection Life Church, 5100 Ivanrest SW, Grandville. Relatives and friends may meet Carrie’s family Monday from 5:30-9 PM at the Cook Memorial Chapel (East Building), 4235 Prairie SW, Grandville.

Her family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcares.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Carrie may be made to help with family expenses.

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